Floral Spray Bracelet

  • Frank Patania, Sr., Floral Spray Bracelet, ca. 1950, burnham turquoise and fabricated sterling silver, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Patania Family, 2000.100.1

Floral Spray Bracelet exemplifies the Patania Thunderbird” style, which is a synthesis of European and Native American traditions. In materials and geometry, the bracelet shows the influence of Pueblo and Navajo jewelry, as well as the larger scale that Patania adopted after his encounter with southwestern craftsmen. According to his son, metalsmith Frank Patania Jr., the native techniques got his thinking away from the very fine, precise platinum works Back East into something bolder and more powerful.”

It’s a very organic flower motif that blends a real Mediterranean feel for the materials … a pinnacle of what my grandfather produced.” Samuel Frank Patania, Arizona Daily Star, October 252000

Title
Floral Spray Bracelet
Artist
Date
ca. 1950
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
432 12 in. (10.27.66.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Patania Family

Mediums Description
burnham turquoise and fabricated sterling silver
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – flower
Object Number
2000.100.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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